Béla Pálffy
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Pálffy Béla

Compositions

# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category
1 Adieu Cherie - Transkription für Holzbläser und Klavier
2 A Jazz Inspiration - Transkription für Altsaxophon oder Trompete und Orgel
3 Blumenlied - Ungarisches Minnelied aus dem 17. Jhdt 1959 3m
4 Erinnerungen an Pécs - langsamer Walzer für Klavier 1960 3m 17s
5 Scherzo - für Streichquartett 1961 ~ 5m
6 Andante - für Streichquartett 1962 ~ 6m
7 Wie blond ihr Haar einst war ... 1965 ~ 5m
8 Vier ungarische Volkslieder 1969 ~ 3m 40s
9 Grillenhochzeit/Tücsöklakodalom/Cricketwedding - dreisprachig für ein- oder vierstimmigen Chor mit Klavierbegleitung 1970 - 1975 ~ 7m 28s
10 Macskazene I-II (Katzenmusik) - für Sologesang/Chor mit Klavierbegleitung 1970 - 1974 ~ 12m
11 10 Lieder für Kleinkinder 1972 ~ 9m 48s
12 Ich sehne mich, geliebt zu werden 1975 ~ 4m
13 Katzenmusik 1975 ~ 9m
14 Liederzyklus - für Baßstimme nach den Gedichten von Ferenc Faludi 1976 ~ 10m
15 Voir Paris - Chanson 1977 ~ 3m
16 Grillenhochzeit - Klaviervariationen über drei ungarische Volkslieder 1978 ~ 11m 28s
17 Wiener Spaziergang (Servus Spezi) 1978 2m 28s
18 Transdanubischer Tanz 1980 ~ 5m
19 Es wird scho glei dumpa - Arrangement für Gesang, Querflöte und Klavier 1980 4m
20 Grillenquartett 1981 ~ 7m
21 Hundewelt - Lieder über Hunde und Menschen 1983 ~ 9m
22 Souvenir - für zwei Soloinstrumente und Klavier 1992 ~ 4m
23 Ich sehn' mich nach dem alten Wien 1995 ~ 2m 50s
24 Jazzmesse 1996
25 Marilyn Monroe Blues 1996 3m 30s
26 Weihnachtslieder aus aller Welt - Transkription für Klavier zu vier Händen 1998 ~ 13m 40s
27 Népszerü népdalok négykezesre - Beliebte ungarische Volkslieder für Klavier zu vier Händen 1999 ~ 11m
28 Deine Augen haben mich am längsten geliebt ... 2001 ~ 4m
29 Tanzrondo - für Jugendorchester mit frei variabler Instrumentenbesetzung 2001 ~ 11m
30 Marionettenballade 2002 ~ 3m 43s
31 Estando el Senor Don Gato - Lied aus Spanien für 2 Klaviere 2005 ~ 3m 50s
32 1. Adieu Cherie - Jazz Elegy (Piano Piece for the left Hand) 2005 4m 1s
33 Empty Sleeve - 2 Jazz Pieces for the left Hand 2005 - 2006
34 Schrammelquartett 2005 3m 36s
35 Jazz Inspiration - Piano Piece for the left Hand 2006 7m 59s
36 Transdanubischer Tanz - für Streichquartett 2006 ~ 8m
37 Marilyn Monroe Blues Trio - für B-Klarinette (Gegenmelodie), Tenorsaxophon und Klavier 2007 5m 10s

General Information

Year of Birth:  1932
Date of Birth:  30. May 1932
Place of Birth:  Szigetvár
Country of Birth: 
Nationality: 

Born in Hungary in1932. Fled to Austria in 1957 and continued the education he had started in Pecs at Vienna University. After completing his studies he carried out non-music related jobs in order to secure his livelihood and composed in his free time. Since his retirement he has fully dedicated himself to composing.

 

Note: the list of works cited is to be understood as exemplary of the numerous composed sophisticated dance and light music works and is not exhaustive. Ideas from earlier years which were never used for lack of a lyricist are used in his later works.

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1952 - 1954

child education academy Pécs: vocals, history

1954 - 1957

Pécs Conservatory: lessons with Julia Székely

1954 - 1957

Pécs Conservatory: composition

1957 - 1962

composition

1957 - 1962

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation

Besides music for young people, I write songs, chansons and chamber music. I try to preserve the old Pannonian cultural assets, which are its old songs and dances.

 

Béla Pálffy 2002

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation

performances in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and Bulgaria

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

Michael Heltau

Bregenzer Klarinettenquartett

Dr. Alexander Varró

Description of Style

In my opinion, music should still express feelings, moods, but also humour. The performing musician and the listener should experience fun instead of torment. I write melodies that are easy to remember, modern, colourful harmonies and in church modes, as well as in multi and atonal keys. I use time changes frequently in dance music, which adds suspense. Fashionable tendencies do not interest me. The theme itself determines the style.

 

Béla Pállfy 2007

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Language:  German, French, Hungarian